We Energies sends aid to Puerto Rico

Duke Energy is sending additional workers to Puerto Rico Sunday to help restore power to the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria battered the island

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Duke Energy is sending additional workers to Puerto Rico Sunday to help restore power to the USA territory after Hurricane Maria battered the island.

About a third of Puerto Rico remains without power after Hurricane Maria hit about four months ago.

The workers departed from Orlando Sanford International Airport, and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

"It's our duty to go and help them, help out where we can".

"We've been told there is still 40 percent of residents in still in the dark", We Energies spokesperson Amy Jahns said.

Puerto Rico is still trying to recover after the deadly storm tore through the island in September.

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Crews said they know restoring power will take time. Last weekend, the company sent barges loaded with their trucks and heavy equipment to the island.

"It's exciting to go over and help out like we do. Some people are going without food", he said.

Duke says the workers will stay on the island for 30 to 45 days, depending on the work they need to get done.

Patricia Mathis, the wife of a Duke Energy electrician, said she will miss her husband deeply, but she knows he's doing important work.

Apart from the devastation caused by hurricane Maria, with the loss of hundreds of Jobs and the destruction of its power infrastructure, Puerto Rico is in fiscal bankruptcy, under the patronage of a board imposed by Washington. "I think we can make a big difference when we get there", said Tommie Parker, a construction and maintenance supervisor, "we have a lot of talent going these guys are real good at what they do".

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